Lonely Planet Writer

Denmark’s newest water centre is made from stacked shipping containers

A new contemporary water sports centre has been created in Halsskov, Korsør in Denmark from three bright yellow shipping containers that have been stacked on top of each other.

The Halsskov Water Sports Centre seen in the evening.
The Halsskov Water Sports Centre seen in the evening. Image by Mie Marie Reindahl Clausen

Designed by Mette Lund Traberg and Troels Holm of Sweco Architects, the goal of the project was to emphasis the raw character of the site, both in the selection of new materials and the recycling of existing ones. The concrete piers have been exposed, with fragments of bulwarks and harbour fittings being preserved. The creation seemingly follows a growing international trend that has seen shipping containers being reworked and reused in a number of diverse and interesting ways recently, such as the modern surf camp in the Czech Republic constructed from three units, and an entire ski resort in Georgia that was built from containers.

The distinctive structure is visible from the nearby Great Belt Bridge.
The distinctive structure is visible from the nearby Great Belt Bridge. Image by Mads Fredrik

The unique stacked design of the diving tower makes it possible for users to jump from heights of either four, eight and eleven metres high, with the distinctive yellow structure visible from the Great Belt Bridge nearby. The design also features a climbing wall on the outside of the pier, with access to the centre through ladders, ramps and floating platforms on the water, while the site includes three beach volleyball and handball courts, and a facility building with toilets, a changing room and outdoor showers. Visiting the unique attraction is easy for water-loving travellers, as it is open to the public year round and is free to use.

The centre has three different levels that users can jump from.
The centre has three different levels that users can jump from. Image by Mads Fredrik

“The design originated and was inspired, from the history of the area. Before the construction of the Great Belt Bridge, Halsskov served as a vital ferry port and goods harbour, connecting Sjaelland with the rest of Denmark. After the bridge opened and the terminal closed, most signs of its former function were demolished and left vacant for many years. When the site was visited and we experienced a good potential in the remaining structures, it made sense to enhance and uplift the area’s former history by adapting our design to respond to the context,” Troels Holm told Lonely Planet Travel News.

The design was created using sustainable materials.
The design was created using sustainable materials. Image by Mads Fredrik

The area’s boundaries and benches also consist of former bulwarks from the ferry port, while new wooden decks have been created from sawn second-hand material. The facility’s buildings are covered with heat treated wood from sustainable forestry, chosen for minimal maintenance, while LED lighting is used to make the containers glow in the evening.